Category Archives: BBQ

6th Annual Cuegrass Festival at The Pit BBQ ~ April 26th

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The 6th Annual ‘Cuegrass Festival returns to the Warehouse district in downtown Raleigh on Saturday April 26th 12-6pm. In past years a nice crowd has gathered along Davie street outside The Pit BBQ for the jam-packed day of great ‘cue, local brews and toe-tappin’ bluegrass music! It only costs $5 at the gate to enter (food & beer additional). Proceeds from the $5 gate donation Backpack Buddies & the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

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This event is a great way to spend the afternoon outside enjoying great music. Make sure you bring a chair and get there early to grab a good spot as it does get crowded. I also highly recommend a hat and suncreen as there is limited shade. Musical acts planned for this year’s event are Old Habits, The Barefoot Movement, Acoustic Manner, Grits & Soul, and The 23 String Band

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The Pit will have the pig cookers fired up to serve plenty of their famous Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue and offer a selection of local brews. This year’s event will feature Aviator, Big Boss, Carolina Brewery, Lonerider, Triangle and White Street. This is one of my favorite spring events in downtown Raleigh. Definitely worth checking out. Enjoy!

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Big Mike’s BBQ at View Bar in Downtown Raleigh

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The View – Raleigh, NC

I recently attended a media event with a group of my fellow foodie blogger friends to sample some great food from Bike Mike’s BBQ. Big Mike’s started as a food truck and while they still have the mobile aspect of the business, their food can now also be found in its permanent location at View Bar on Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh. This was my first visit to View and I was excited to check out the space and enjoy an evening of great food with friends.

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Tasty Chicken & Pork

Big Mike kicked the evening off explaining how we would get a chance to sample some of his signature creations paired with locally brewed beer from Triangle Brewing Co. out of Durham. This was an added bonus as I am a big fan on Triangle Brewing and find they don’t get as much recognition as  they deserve on the local beer scene.

We started the evening off with a healthy serving of chooped chicken and pork (boston butt) that was dry rubbed and smoked. The dish was accompanied by several dipping sauces which ranged from “Crazy Stupid” hot all the way down more mild vinegar based sauces. I am pretty tame when it comes to levels of food hotness so I opted for the weaker sauces. Of course the Habanero Pale Ale paired with the dish had a little bite to it as well making for a great start to a night of excellent eating.

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Best Chicken Wings Ever!

Next up were some incredible smoked dry rubbed crispy chicken wings. These babies are flash fried.  This process that keeps the flavor trapped in the meat and makes the wings nice and crispy.  I loved these wings and am already looking forward to going back to get some more. I believe they are offered on the menu for $1 a wing. I could easily make a nice lunch out of 5 or six of these succulent yet crispy wings.

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Big Mike’s BBQ “Meatup”

One dish that got a lot of attention was the “Redneck Nachos”. They are comprised of Fritos topped with Eastern NC pulled pork, baked beans, blue cheese coleslaw and a dab of sweet hot mustard. At this point I was already getting full so I dialed things back a notch, enjoyed some more Triangle Beer to wash down the BBQ goodness and snapped a few pictures my friends tearing it up on Instagram.

Another fan favorite of the evening  was beef brisket and collards paired with a Belgian Abbey beer.  The brisket drippings are used to cook the garlic and onions for the collards / kale making for a flavorful side.  I’m usually not a fan of collards but this dish won me over!

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Brisket & Fries

From there we sampled some of  Big Mike’s “fatty” fries, served as a bed of steak-cut fries underneath a layer of brisket, pimento cheese, and jalapenos piled high on a plate. Plates like these make eating Big Mike’s fare family style very easy. At this point I was getting really stuffed so I only took a few flavorful bites of the fries and threw in the towel allowing my fellow diners to finish off the plate and rescue me from my food induced coma.

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Triangle Brewing IPA

Throughout the evening Doc from Triangle Brewing did a great job introducing the beer pairings he had selected to accompany each of Mike’s dishes. I’m a big fan of their IPA and it remains my solid favorite to enjoy with food.  All in all it was a great night filled with some of the tastiest BBQ I have ever had. I was also very impressed with the vibe of View. It’s a nice space to enjoy some food, have a drink and catch a game on the TV. Now that I have been there I look forward to going back during March Madness to catch a few games while dining on Big Mike’s addictive crispy chicken wings. Who’s hungry?

Big Mike’s BBQ at View Bar
610 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh, NC 27603
 http://apexbbq.com
Follow Big Mike’s BBQ on Facebook and twitter at @bigmikesbbqnc

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Picture of the Week – Clyde Cooper’s BBQ in Raleigh

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Clyde Cooper's BBQ ~ 109 East Davie Street Raleigh, NC

I snapped this picture of Clyde Cooper’s BBQ  yesterday afternoon while walking along Davie Street in downtown Raleigh.  Clyde’s is a Raleigh institution famous for their Carolina-style barbecue. They have been serving area residents with their slow cooked top lean pork shoulders and hams since 1938. While there are many great BBQ places in the Triangle, no BBQ tour is complete without a visit to Clyde’s.  To view their full menu visit their website: http://clydecoopersbbq.com/

(Every week I feature a photo of a local business or event taken during the past seven days.  If you would like to submit a photo for consideration please email met at triangleexplorer@gmail.com. If your photo is selected proper credit will be given along with a link back to your website.  Thanks!)

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